Craig G. Cannon has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh musical scene for more than three decades as the Director of Choral Activities at Fox Chapel Area High School. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and is the founder of Belle Voci Pittsburgh, a community-based intergenerational women's choir. Craig graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Music Education and went on to study with the late Douglas McEwen and David Stocker at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. Enjoying an active career as a conductor, singer, teacher, and adjudicator, Craig frequently appears as a festival director, music clinician, adjudicator and oratorio soloist for schools and churches throughout the country.
Director of Da Capo
Carly Tansimore is a recent graduate of Duquesne University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a focus on choral education and piano. While at Duquesne, Carly sang in the Pappert Women’s Chorale every semester and served as president for two semesters, in addition to studying piano with renowned piano professor David Allen Wehr. Carly also had the wonderful opportunity to teach, conduct and accompany a variety of choral ensembles during her student teaching placements, including choirs at both the high school and elementary levels. In addition to serving as a church pianist, Carly has recently started her career as an elementary general music teacher at the Pine Richland Area School District. Carly currently resides in Pittsburgh with her family.
Accompanist / Assistant Director
Matthew McTeague comes to the Pittsburgh area having recently completed his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While in Athens, Matt served as the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Singing Men of Ohio as well as the University Singers, and had the opportunity to tour with both choirs, and once conducted on stage with The Rolling Stones. Matt has been working with choirs most of his life — accompanying, participating in, or helping to conduct in various settings: multiple churches in eastern Ohio and West Virginia, the All-Ohio Youth Choir and Cardinal Chorale, and as the Choral Director at The MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts. Matt is a long-time piano teacher and vocal coach and has recently become the Music Director at Sewickley United Methodist Church. Matt is recently married and is happy to be making his home in Pittsburgh with his wife and stepson.
Susan Lowell Swick has been a performing musician from early childhood. Thirteen years of individual piano instruction inspired her to open her own piano studio in 1986 and, for twenty-five years, she has shared her love of music with hundreds of students. Susan's organ study has allowed her to serve several churches in the Pittsburgh area. Since 1983, she has been a member of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, where she facilitates music ministries with youth and adults through accompanying various choral and instrumental ensembles and soloists. She is also an accomplished handbell ringer and a member of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.
Mr. Cannon's photograph by Town & Country Portrait Studio
Last updated 23 July 2016 (GP)